Police should be fully aware of the motives of children who report kidnapping or sexual assaults in Colorado, including Denver, Jefferson, Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas, Larimer, and Weld County. Sometimes people, especially children, think they can avoid short term trouble if they make up a story about being kidnapped by blaming an adult for some type of sexual misconduct. Other times, they are coached by adults to seek revenge with false charges of Sexual Assault on a Child (CRS 18-3-405), Incest (CRS 18-6-302), or Enticement of a Child (CRS 18-3-305). Children do not understand how serious it is to an adult when they make accusations of sexual abuse or other sex crimes in cities like Englewood, Lakewood, Aurora, or Colorado Springs. Regrettably, police and District Attorneys do not generally ask tough questions of children to reveal the truth.
In Evans, Colorado, a young girl lied to her parents and said she been abducted to cover the fact she ran off to the friend's house without asking. She gave a description of a man who pulled up next to her in a car with a black mask and made her get into his car. She said he then drove her to a spot about a mile away and left her there. Police found her there about two hours after she was reported missing and took her to the hospital to check for injuries. The girl admitted later that she didn't want to get in trouble for going off by herself and made up the whole story. Fortunately, the truth came to light before anyone was arrested in connection with her kidnapping.
With allegations of sexual abuse, arrests are often made of innocent people. Many times, whenever a child accuses an adult of a sex crime, police across the Denver-Metro area will immediately arrest the person and press charges while they sort through evidence. The only evidence they have is the word of the child, and in trying to protect the child, they immediately assume the adult is guilty. While in many cases, accusations do turn out to be true, there are many that do not. When this happens, innocent people face years of prison, Intensive Sex Offender Supervised Probation (SOISP), and Registration as a Sex Offender. If a person's innocence is revealed, the innocent person then needs to spend money to have their record sealed.
If you are facing false accusations of sexual abuse because someone is coaching a child to get revenge, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the experienced sex crimes criminal defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.